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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian hospital says Joe Jackson — the father of the late Michael Jackson and the patriarch of the musical family — suffered a stroke while visiting the South American nation.

An emailed statement early Monday from the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo says only that Jackson was admitted to the hospital Sunday afternoon. He is in the intensive care unit. The statement also said he was suffering from an irregular heartbeat.

The statement does not say exactly what condition Jackson is in. Calls to the hospital’s public relations department were not answered before business hours Monday.

Jackson is in Brazil in part to celebrate his 87th birthday — which was on Sunday.

Local media say Jackson was absent from his own party because he was already in the hospital. Photos from his official website show him dining in Sao Paulo restaurants.

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14 thoughts on “Patriarch of Musical Jackson Family Hospitalized in Brazil

  1. Henry on said:

    I don’t care what anybody say Joe was smart he figured out how to feed all those kid and make them all millionaires ( singing & dancing) just think a man with all them kid now day would have left and the mama would had to raise them

  2. Lisa Grace on said:

    Joe over there getting his freak on and got something he couldn’t handle. Joe put that blue pill down and bring your azz home.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    TK you are on point! As stated by hogan, without Joe there would be no famous Jackson family. Kathryn, (not to downplay her role) would be the mother to 9 Jackson kids. (if my math is correct).

  4. hogan on said:

    This man is one of the greatest ICONs we have, regardless of what people think of him, without him, there would have been no Jackson 5 or Michael, Janet, etc… I wish him a speedy recovery and a little peace from the 20th century (and beyond) devil, MEDIA.

    • His famous children are icons. Joe Jackson is the man who first sired them, and them groomed them to become icons. Joe Jackson is not an iconic figure, any more than Katherine Jackson is an icon. He’s the father of iconic figures.

      • Timekeeeper on said:

        Well, this is not to disagree with you Kate, but he did more than sire them. He spent hours upon hours honing their craft day & night ( some say it was a little too much) but that is another story. He taiught them how to sing and offer stage presence and bought instruments for them to learn and play. They went to many talent shows in Gary and beyond well before catching the attention of Berry Gordy. Those who dislike Joe Jackson may well want to downplay his influence and musical application and perhaps the term Icon” may not resonate with some. But to downplay his majestry to Sire is the same thing on the opposite end of the spectrum.

      • You said honed, I said groomed. Same thing. I didn’t downplay the role he had in elevating his children’s iconic rise to stardom. I simply commented on the role he played. He sired, and he groomed. What you said. Just in simpler terms.

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